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Lateral entry into the Master Meteorology

We create a good atmosphere

Do you have a Bachelor's degree with an engineering or mathematical-physical background?

Are you interested in measuring, numerical simulation, optical processes or complex physical processes?

Then you contribute your skills in atmospheric environmental research and apply for the Master program Meteorology!

Meteorology: More than weather

Meteorology is the physics of the atmosphere. Although weather forecasting is a subset of meteorology, only a small proportion of trained meteorologists work in the field of operational weather forecasting. However, the constant effort to improve the quality of the weather forecast alone opens up a broad field of research in which numerous scientists work. Thus, many physical processes in the atmosphere are not yet understood and explored, new measurement methods / devices are being developed or numerical solution algorithms for meteorological models are being improved.

Since the atmosphere (both in large and small scale) is influenced by many different boundary conditions (ocean, land use, buildings, etc) and the atmosphere in turn has an impact on everything in it, there are many interdisciplinary connections, e.g. on chemistry, geophysics, oceanography, biology and engineering. Especially the interdisciplinary connections offer lateral beginners the opportunity to introduce the competencies of their previous studies into meteorology, such as: in the development of prototypes of novel measuring devices, the implementation of numerical methods in meteorological models or the study of the influence of turbulent flows on wind turbines or the use of solar energy. This is also reflected in current research at the Institute of Meteorology and Climatology.

Where meteorologists work?

The first contact with the meteorology arises mostly through the weather report on the radio, television or the Internet. Despite the large media presence, only a small proportion of meteorologists are employed by the media. The broad meteorological and physical-mathematical training and acquired skills such. Analyzing and solving complex problems in theoretical and technical areas, presenting complex issues, developing computer programs or processing large amounts of data open up a broad field of activity. Meteorologists work in research institutes, at meteorological services, environmental offices, insurance or engineering and consulting firms, as well as e.g. in software companies, the energy industry, the automotive industry, in airlines or in business consulting. In addition to the classical field of weather prediction and analysis and the basic research on atmospheric processes, they create e.g. energy yield forecasts for solar and wind farms, investigate the air turbulence behind airplanes (eg to optimize the safety distance of subsequent aircraft at landing), simulate the flow conditions in cities (eg with the aim of improving the air quality), develop novel measuring devices or create insurance risk assessments. The job prospects are very good due to this diversity.

Internationality

Am Institut für Meteorologie und Klimatologie wird international vernetzt geforscht. Für Studierende bietet sich daher  häufig die Möglichkeit eines Auslandsaufenthaltes im Rahmen von Forschungsaktivitäten. Darüber hinaus bestehen vielfältige Möglichkeiten ein Praktikum oder Semester im Ausland in das Studium einzubringen. Hierbei stehen z.B. Südkorea, Neuseeland, Finnland, Frankreich und  USA auf der Liste der jüngst angesteuerten Ziele.

At the Institute of Meteorology and Climatology research is internationally networked. For students, therefore, there is often the possibility of a stay abroad as part of research activities. In addition, there are many opportunities to bring an internship or semester abroad into your studies. Here are e.g. South Korea, New Zealand, Finland, France and USA on the list of recently accessed destinations.

Requirements

The four-semester master program builds on the basic knowledge acquired in the bachelor's program and allows personal profiling on one of the offered research areas. Newcomers should in particular have basic mathematical / physical knowledge from the bachelor's program. In mathematics these are calculus and linear algebra, in physics mechanics and thermodynamics (or statistical physics). Meteorological knowledge is not mandatory, but must be made up within the first year (see next section).

Degrees that meet these requirements usually are

  • Physics
  • Mathematics (with minor subject physics)
  • Mechanical engineering 
  • Computer Science (with minor subject Physics)

Whether the prerequisites have been met will be checked in the application in individual cases. In general, it is recommended to seek professional advice before applying. Here it can already be clarified in advance whether the requirements are met and which conditions are to be expected.


Language requirements
in Englisch or German are level B2. Details how to prove the level can be found here: Proof of English language, Proof of German language 

Possible conditions

Applicants who meet the above-mentioned requirements but do not yet have the basic meteorological knowledge necessary for the aster program must do so during the first year and have to prove their knowledge in the following areas:


1. General meteorology


2. Dynamics and turbulence of the atmosphere

3. Radiation in the atmosphere

The knowledge can be obtained in the context of the (in the bachelor program meteorology) regularly offered courses (only in german language) or (especially in inappropriate semester situation and if no german knowledge is available) by self-study together with specially offered tutorials.

The requirements 2 and 3 can be introduced in the Master's program instead of the compulsory elective subject, so that they do not necessarily extend the studies!

Structure of the Master program

The first year of the master's program includes seminars, an advanced internship, and a meteorological elective area. During this time, the students get to know the research areas / working groups of the institute, have the opportunity to participate in a field survey campaign close to the research area, and to specialize in specific subject areas in elective courses. Furthermore, in the first year an elective subject outside of meteorology (for example, chemistry, computer science or mechanical engineering) is provided. However, career changers have the opportunity to replace it with the requirements and, if necessary, to introduce additional basic meteorological lectures in this area.

The second year consists of a research phase in which a research topic is worked on within one of the working groups, which is completed with the master's thesis.

A short description of the modules and elective courses can be found in this PDF document.

As part of a student advisory service, we help to arrange an individual study plan.

Application

Application period from EU-countries


For

  • Winter semester from June 1 st. to July 15th. 
  • Summer semester from December 1st. to January the 15th. 

 

Application period from non-EU-countries


For

  • Winter semester from April 15th. to Mai 31th. 
  • Summer semester from October 15th. to November 30th.  

 

 Here you can apply!

We create a good atmosphere

Do you have a Bachelor's degree with an engineering or mathematical-physical background?

Are you interested in measuring, numerical simulation, optical processes or complex physical processes?

Then you contribute your skills in atmospheric environmental research and apply for the Master program Meteorology!

Meteorology: More than weather

Meteorology is the physics of the atmosphere. Although weather forecasting is a subset of meteorology, only a small proportion of trained meteorologists work in the field of operational weather forecasting. However, the constant effort to improve the quality of the weather forecast alone opens up a broad field of research in which numerous scientists work. Thus, many physical processes in the atmosphere are not yet understood and explored, new measurement methods / devices are being developed or numerical solution algorithms for meteorological models are being improved.

Since the atmosphere (both in large and small scale) is influenced by many different boundary conditions (ocean, land use, buildings, etc) and the atmosphere in turn has an impact on everything in it, there are many interdisciplinary connections, e.g. on chemistry, geophysics, oceanography, biology and engineering. Especially the interdisciplinary connections offer lateral beginners the opportunity to introduce the competencies of their previous studies into meteorology, such as: in the development of prototypes of novel measuring devices, the implementation of numerical methods in meteorological models or the study of the influence of turbulent flows on wind turbines or the use of solar energy. This is also reflected in current research at the Institute of Meteorology and Climatology.

Where meteorologists work?

The first contact with the meteorology arises mostly through the weather report on the radio, television or the Internet. Despite the large media presence, only a small proportion of meteorologists are employed by the media. The broad meteorological and physical-mathematical training and acquired skills such. Analyzing and solving complex problems in theoretical and technical areas, presenting complex issues, developing computer programs or processing large amounts of data open up a broad field of activity. Meteorologists work in research institutes, at meteorological services, environmental offices, insurance or engineering and consulting firms, as well as e.g. in software companies, the energy industry, the automotive industry, in airlines or in business consulting. In addition to the classical field of weather prediction and analysis and the basic research on atmospheric processes, they create e.g. energy yield forecasts for solar and wind farms, investigate the air turbulence behind airplanes (eg to optimize the safety distance of subsequent aircraft at landing), simulate the flow conditions in cities (eg with the aim of improving the air quality), develop novel measuring devices or create insurance risk assessments. The job prospects are very good due to this diversity.

Internationality

Am Institut für Meteorologie und Klimatologie wird international vernetzt geforscht. Für Studierende bietet sich daher  häufig die Möglichkeit eines Auslandsaufenthaltes im Rahmen von Forschungsaktivitäten. Darüber hinaus bestehen vielfältige Möglichkeiten ein Praktikum oder Semester im Ausland in das Studium einzubringen. Hierbei stehen z.B. Südkorea, Neuseeland, Finnland, Frankreich und  USA auf der Liste der jüngst angesteuerten Ziele.

At the Institute of Meteorology and Climatology research is internationally networked. For students, therefore, there is often the possibility of a stay abroad as part of research activities. In addition, there are many opportunities to bring an internship or semester abroad into your studies. Here are e.g. South Korea, New Zealand, Finland, France and USA on the list of recently accessed destinations.

Requirements

The four-semester master program builds on the basic knowledge acquired in the bachelor's program and allows personal profiling on one of the offered research areas. Newcomers should in particular have basic mathematical / physical knowledge from the bachelor's program. In mathematics these are calculus and linear algebra, in physics mechanics and thermodynamics (or statistical physics). Meteorological knowledge is not mandatory, but must be made up within the first year (see next section).

Degrees that meet these requirements usually are

  • Physics
  • Mathematics (with minor subject physics)
  • Mechanical engineering 
  • Computer Science (with minor subject Physics)

Whether the prerequisites have been met will be checked in the application in individual cases. In general, it is recommended to seek professional advice before applying. Here it can already be clarified in advance whether the requirements are met and which conditions are to be expected.


Language requirements
in Englisch or German are level B2. Details how to prove the level can be found here: Proof of English language, Proof of German language 

Possible conditions

Applicants who meet the above-mentioned requirements but do not yet have the basic meteorological knowledge necessary for the aster program must do so during the first year and have to prove their knowledge in the following areas:


1. General meteorology


2. Dynamics and turbulence of the atmosphere

3. Radiation in the atmosphere

The knowledge can be obtained in the context of the (in the bachelor program meteorology) regularly offered courses (only in german language) or (especially in inappropriate semester situation and if no german knowledge is available) by self-study together with specially offered tutorials.

The requirements 2 and 3 can be introduced in the Master's program instead of the compulsory elective subject, so that they do not necessarily extend the studies!

Structure of the Master program

The first year of the master's program includes seminars, an advanced internship, and a meteorological elective area. During this time, the students get to know the research areas / working groups of the institute, have the opportunity to participate in a field survey campaign close to the research area, and to specialize in specific subject areas in elective courses. Furthermore, in the first year an elective subject outside of meteorology (for example, chemistry, computer science or mechanical engineering) is provided. However, career changers have the opportunity to replace it with the requirements and, if necessary, to introduce additional basic meteorological lectures in this area.

The second year consists of a research phase in which a research topic is worked on within one of the working groups, which is completed with the master's thesis.

A short description of the modules and elective courses can be found in this PDF document.

As part of a student advisory service, we help to arrange an individual study plan.

Application

Application period from EU-countries


For

  • Winter semester from June 1 st. to July 15th. 
  • Summer semester from December 1st. to January the 15th. 

 

Application period from non-EU-countries


For

  • Winter semester from April 15th. to Mai 31th. 
  • Summer semester from October 15th. to November 30th.  

 

 Here you can apply!